QUEBEC CITY, P.Q. — Eliminating Quebec in the first round a year ago Rouyn-Noranda did the same this year with a 6-2 victory against Quebec. After splitting the first two games in Quebec, the Huskies came home, winning the next three games and earning the right to play in the second round.
Playing their best period of this series Quebec opened the scoring with the help of the power play. Going 8-in-15 in the first four games in this series Fabrice Herzog redirected a shot from center Mikhail Grigorenko with 15:10 to go in first period. Ryan Penny was in the box for interference.
Rouyn-Noranda tied the game with the man advantage. Making the first save on Francis Beauvillier, Liam O’Brien hit the puck in the air before the puck went in at 15:55. The Huskies goal was only their second in that series in 22 opportunities. Nick Sorensen was in the penalty box for high sticking.
After killing the first penalty in the second period to Adam Chapman, the visiting team wasn’t able to repeat during a penalty to Quebec left winger Adam Erne. Penney with a shot from the slot gave Rouyn-Noranda the lead 2-1 at 5:20.
Rouyn-Noranda added to their lead scoring their third goal. Coming from behind the net Penney took first shot. With Quebec goalie Callum Booth on the ice, Quinn O’Brien was the one who has been credited of Huskies third goal pushing the puck behind Remparts netminder with 1:10 second remaining in middle frame.
Leading by two to begin the third period, Rouyn-Noranda scored what would become the back-breaking goal by adding a fourth goal in the game. After making a 360 move Jean-Sebastien Dean beat Quebec young goalie between his pads with a backhanded shot with 4:05 gone.
Out of the lineup for a month with spleen injury Adam Erne completed a great exchange between Gregorenko and defenseman Cody Donaghey first his first of the playoff at 8:13.
Rouyn-Noranda came back scoring two more goals last one in an empty net sealing Quebec fate for second times in as many years in QMJHL playoff. Jack Nevins with wrist shot beat Quebec goalie under his left arm at 15:25 on power play and Marcus Power in an empty net his first of the playoff at 18:34.
After the game Quebec head coach recognized that the best team won the series.
“We would like to have better result. I don’t think we played a bad game tonight, we have had our chances. We talked about opportunities we have had ours but Belanger (Alexandre) has been solid. We will return to Quebec with a loss,” Quebec head coach Philippe Boucher said.
“The best team won whatever you have on paper, the team that play better wins and we have had to admit their goalie has been solid, their defensive has been better than ours and their forward too. That is why we have had the result we have today.”
Rouyn-Noranda eliminated Quebec for the second consecutive year in same circumstances. After splitting first two games in Quebec, the Huskies returned home winning game three, four and five tossing Quebec out in five games.
One other series is on QMJHL schedule on Friday night
Victoriaville 4 vs. Drummondville 5 (Drummondville wins series 4-1)
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